Here at Kiwi Families, we love crafting ideas that are simple enough for little ones to have a go at, but difficult enough to keep older kids engaged. Toilet roll craft really fits the bill. Here’s 10 fun and easy craft ideas using toilet rolls.

The projects below are really simple to recreate. But you can spend many hours getting as creative as you like with them. The best part is many of these ideas actually create toys that children can play, and interact with. These even a couple of projects in here that would make really cute gifts to give to Grandparents, or school teachers!

And this is just the beginning. Once you’ve had a taster of some of the projects below, we just know you’ll be off creating your own great toilet roll craft ideas. Be sure to share them with us when you do!

12 fun and easy toilet roll craft ideas

1. Toilet roll houses


There are so many things you can do with empty toilet rolls and paper towel rolls, it’s just a case of choosing something that your kids will find fun, and want to play with. These toilet roll houses should do the trick!

We found this craft idea really appealed to all of us. The toilet roll houses are a fun thing to do on a rainy day and they’re the kind of thing that kids of all ages can make and play with.

2. Toilet roll telescope – with optical illusion

toilet roll telescope

Toilet rolls do take up a bit of storage room. But they’re so versatile for crafting, they really are worth holding on to. Then you can make these toilet roll telescopes – with optical illusion.

We decided we wanted to make telescopes the other day, for a bit of pretend pirate play, ‘argghhh!’

3. Toilet roll reindeer marionette


I just had to share this great craft that’s so easy to make with your kids. And you can find most of the things you need for it just lying around your home.

I made a toilet roll reindeer marionette, but you can easily turn these into all sorts of different characters. You could make giraffes, sausage dogs, birds, you’re really only limited by your imagination.

4. Toilet roll autumn trees

Autumn trees

Whether or not it’s autumn where you live right now, it’s a great season to celebrate. I love the glowing light on a pleasant autumn evening.

And of course the leaves changing colour and falling are a beautiful sight too. Making these toilet roll autumn trees is the perfect craft, for the perfect season!

5. Toilet roll Halloween bat

I was having a look on Pinterest the other day to come up with some toilet roll craft ideas, when I saw toilet roll wool wrapped monsters.

This inspired me to make a series of toilet roll crafts for Halloween using wool. So far I’ve made a bat, a mummy and a spider!

6. Toilet roll halloween spider


Spiders are all around us. Some of us love them, some of us hate them and some of us just tolerate them. My daughter is someone who thinks they are cute. And my son is very wary of them!

But not matter if you’re a lover or a hater of spiders they’re always fun to make.

7. Toilet roll Halloween mummy


It’s that time of year again, where the ghouls come out to play. Well, the crafting ghouls anyways! And what better way to start than by making these toilet roll Halloween mummy’s…

This craft idea is super-easy and fun for pre-schoolers and up. The littlies will have lots of fun wrapping, and gluing on eyes. Older children can get even more creative.

8. Pretend hair cutting station

toilet roll craft - pretend hair cutting

The other day, while dropping my little girl off at kindy, I noticed she was having trouble using the scissors, while other kids around her seemed quite capable.

So I decided to set up a play based learning activity that involved a pretend hair cutting station as a fun way to let her practise cutting.

9. Toilet roll craft – Paper flowers and vase

toilet roll craft paper flowers and vase

The other day my daughter and I made a butterfly toilet roll craft. Today my daughter decided our butterflies needed some flowers! So we created this cool toilet roll vase with paper flowers for our butterflies to enjoy.

This project is a little tricker for small hands. But kids 5 and up should find them relatively easy to make. Plus it’s a great craft to develop kids cutting and fine motor skills.

10. Toilet roll craft – Butterflies


Spring is in the air. So my daughter and I decided to do some garden-themed toilet roll craft, and make a butterfly each.

I wanted to make it really easy for my 4 year old to complete the butterfly, without too much interference from me.

11. How to make a toilet roll rocket ship

How to make a toilet roll rocket ship

The kids and I spent half a day building toilet roll rocket ships with all the different left over paper we have lying around.

The kids were entertained for hours, and the rocket ships are still being used for various space missions around the lounge!

12. Make a toilet roll haunted tower scene

Make a toilet roll haunted tower scene

We love working on Halloween crafts at this time of the year, it really gets us into the festive spirit of it all. Here’s how to make a toilet roll haunted tower scene.


We hope you loved 12 fun and easy craft ideas using toilet rolls. For more great crafting inspiration, check out our Creative arts and crafts section.

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these are great ideas, and easy!

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